NEWS

Sampdoria won their first pre-season friendly 15-0 with four goals each for Fabio Quagliarella and teenager Ognjen Stijepovic.
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea staff will include Gianfranco Zola and Luca Gotti, according to Italian reports.
The new-look Roma debuted several of their summer signings in a 9-0 friendly win over Latina and Patrik Schick bagged a hat-trick.
Jorginho sent a heartfelt open letter to Napoli fans after following Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea. “I begin a new adventure in one of Europe’s biggest clubs.”
Fabian Ruiz scored a stunning debut goal in Napoli’s 4-0 friendly win and Carlo Ancelotti wished new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri “all the best.”
Andrea Belotti scored five in Torino’s first pre-season friendly, a 14-0 victory. “Belotti is fired up mentally and physically,” said Coach Walter Mazzarri.
Lazio begin pre-season training tomorrow and Coach Simone Inzaghi called up 30 players, including Francesco Acerbi and Valon Berisha.
Crystal Palace have joined the race for Genoa and Uruguay winger Diego Laxalt, although the price-tag is now €20m.
Stefan Effenberg claims Mario Mandzukic is “one of the three best strikers in the world and would be worth €200m if he was younger.”
Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of the most valuable Serie A players and now has a high school diploma too.
Belgium defeated England for the second time in this World Cup and secured the bronze medal in Russia 2018, their best ever finish.
Inter winger Ivan Perisic is racing against time to be fit for tomorrow’s World Cup Final, as Croatia take on France.
Atletico Madrid continue to reject Inter approaches for Sime Vrsaljko, so Matteo Darmian is an alternative for the Nerazzurri.
SPAL are in advanced negotiations for Antalyaspor centre-back Johan Djourou, according to Sky Sport Italia.
Udinese striker Stipe Perica is said to be on his way towards newly-promoted Frosinone.
Carlo Ancelotti has named the line-up for his debut Napoli friendly, a 4-3-3 with Marko Rog, Marek Hamsik and Fabian Ruiz in midfield.
There are reports Mario Balotelli’s transfer to Olympique Marseille has been abandoned, but he doesn’t want a return to Nice.
SPAL are close to agreeing a deal for Atalanta centre-forward Andrea Petagna, on loan with option to buy for a total €14m.
There are more problems for Milan, as Gennaro Gattuso appears in a list of people under investigation for money-laundering.
Manchester United are trying again for Ivan Perisic, but Inter rejected the offers last year and are in a stronger position now.
Parma have officially signed left-back Massimo Gobbi, who was a free agent after his experience at Chievo.
Former President Ramon Calderon believes Real Madrid will regret sending Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. “He is on the same level as Pele.”
Paolo Maldini insists “nobody has called me” from Milan’s new owners Elliott Management, but he has “always been open to talk.”
Manchester City are reported to be furious with Napoli, claiming they ‘bullied’ Jorginho into accepting a Chelsea transfer.
Marcelo Brozovic is preparing for Croatia’s World Cup Final and his agent said he “could extend his Inter contract,” but there’s a €50m release clause.
Jorginho has officially joined Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, as the pair completed a reported €57m plus €8m bonuses move from Napoli.
Gianfranco Zola will join Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea staff, said his agent, as he “profoundly admires” the new Coach.
Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani believes the transfer pact with Chelsea to free Maurizio Sarri represents “a new trend for the market of Coaches.”
Cagliari have announced they will host Atletico Madrid in a friendly match at the Sardegna Arena on August 8.
Leonardo Bonucci joined Milan a year ago today, but Manchester United have reportedly offered €32m for the defender.
Sassuolo want €30m for Domenico Berardi, amid interest from Fiorentina and Roma.
As Yonghong Li seemingly won’t reply to Milan calls, the Financial Times outlined how Elliott Management’s takeover was inevitable from the start.
As expected, Inter have officially recalled defender Alessandro Bastoni early from his loan with Atalanta.
Paul Pogba is eager to leave Manchester United, with reports linking him either to Barcelona or a return to Juventus.
Maurizio Sarri’s lawyer insists Chelsea and the Coach “did not pay anything” to release him from his Napoli contract and is “not connected to Jorginho.”